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In the bottom two lines, you'll see the statusline saying "INSERT", and the line where you enter commands showing -- INSERT --

This is quite redundant, and I would like any recommendations on how to remove the text that comes by default in vim saying what mode it is, with hyphens on either side.

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    Welcome to Vi and Vim! You might want to see How to debug my vimrc. Please edit and trim down the vimrc; a smaller example is better.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented May 2, 2021 at 20:27
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    Looking at my vimrc and the answer, there doesn't seem to be any useful information in the vimrc that would help elucidate the question, so I'm just going to remove the vimrc and hope that doing so doesn't make anything fuzzier to understand.
    – Kudos
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 14:47

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As mentioned on the FAQ for vim-airline (which is the Vim plug-in adding the mode to your status bar), in this question:

How do I get rid of the default mode indicator?

Add set noshowmode to your vimrc.

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